Posted by: frburke23 | April 16, 2014

Thought for Holy Thursday

John 13:1-15 Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.” So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

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Today, Holy Thursday, begins what we call the Triduum, three special celebrations that actually are one continuous liturgy. We celebrate Holy Thursday (Eucharist, priesthood), Good Friday (passion and crucifixion of Jesus) and the Easter Vigil (resurrection of Jesus, receiving new members into the Church).

On Holy Thursday, we celebrate three very important things – the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist and Jesus’ example of servant leadership.

As Catholics, the center of our spirituality is the Eucharist. At the Last Supper Jesus tells His disciples, “Take and eat. This is my body which will be given up for you…. Take and drink. This is my blood which will be poured out for you…. Do this in memory of Me.” After the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the disciples gathered daily with their community to share the sacred Scriptures and share in this sacred meal. To this day, we gather daily to share in the Scriptures and receive Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Eucharist.

We celebrate the priesthood because it was the disciples to whom Jesus gave this sacred power.   To this day, through ordination, priests are given the sacred powers to consecrate the Eucharist and forgive sins – all in the name of Jesus Christ. What a humbling thought and what a great responsibility. It is through the gift of the priesthood that Jesus comes to us daily in the Eucharist. Jesus loves His people through His priests in the gift of the Eucharist and Reconciliation.

Closely connected with the Eucharist is the virtue of humility and the desire to serve. Jesus shows His disciples what being a leader is all about. Jesus, being God, humbled Himself by washing the feet of His disciples. And when He was finished he told them, “As I have done for you, you should also do.” We are called to serve one another. We are not to lord our power and authority over others. We are not to look down on others who are less fortunate. We are not to climb over others to get to the top of the corporate ladder. And in the Eucharist, Jesus shows us true humility by coming to us in the humble form of bread and wine.

Take time to reflect today on the Last Supper today.

Am I grateful for the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist? He promised to never leave us alone and even abides in our own bodies in the Eucharist.

Do I appreciate the priesthood and how Jesus loves me through the priests and the Sacraments?

Do I expect to be served or do I seek to serve?

Have a blessed Holy Thursday!

Fr. Burke

http://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Evangelio según San Juan 13,1-15.Antes de la fiesta de Pascua, sabiendo Jesús que había llegado la hora de pasar de este mundo al Padre, él, que había amado a los suyos que quedaban en el mundo, los amó hasta el fin. Durante la Cena, cuando el demonio ya había inspirado a Judas Iscariote, hijo de Simón, el propósito de entregarlo, sabiendo Jesús que el Padre había puesto todo en sus manos y que él había venido de Dios y volvía a Dios, se levantó de la mesa, se sacó el manto y tomando una toalla se la ató a la cintura. Luego echó agua en un recipiente y empezó a lavar los pies a los discípulos y a secárselos con la toalla que tenía en la cintura. Cuando se acercó a Simón Pedro, este le dijo: “¿Tú, Señor, me vas a lavar los pies a mí?”. Jesús le respondió: “No puedes comprender ahora lo que estoy haciendo, pero después lo comprenderás”. “No, le dijo Pedro, ¡tú jamás me lavarás los pies a mí!”. Jesús le respondió: “Si yo no te lavo, no podrás compartir mi suerte”. “Entonces, Señor, le dijo Simón Pedro, ¡no sólo los pies, sino también las manos y la cabeza!”. Jesús le dijo: “El que se ha bañado no necesita lavarse más que los pies, porque está completamente limpio. Ustedes también están limpios, aunque no todos”. El sabía quién lo iba a entregar, y por eso había dicho: “No todos ustedes están limpios”. Después de haberles lavado los pies, se puso el manto, volvió a la mesa y les dijo: “¿comprenden lo que acabo de hacer con ustedes? Ustedes me llaman Maestro y Señor; y tienen razón, porque lo soy. Si yo, que soy el Señor y el Maestro, les he lavado los pies, ustedes también deben lavarse los pies unos a otros. Les he dado el ejemplo, para que hagan lo mismo que yo hice con ustedes.

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Ahora, Jueves  Santo, empieza lo que nosotros llamamos el Triduo, tres celebraciones que son liturgias continuas. Celebramos el Jueves Santo (Eucaristía, sacerdocio), Viernes Santo (La pasión y la crucifixión de Jesús) y la Vigilia Pascual (la resurrección de Jesús, el recibir nuevos miembros a la iglesia).

En Jueves  Santo, nosotros celebramos tres cosas muy importantes- la institución del sacerdocio y la Eucaristía y el ejemplo de liderazgo del servicio de Jesús.

Como Católicos, el centro de nuestra espiritualidad es la Eucaristía. En la última cena Jesús le dice a sus discípulos, “Toma y come. Este es mi cuerpo que será entregado por ti…Toman y beban. Esta es mi sangre que será derramada por ti…As esto en memoria mía.  Después de la resurrección y ascensión de Jesús, los discípulos se juntaban duramente con sus comunidades para compartir las sagradas escrituras y compartir en esta cena sagrada. Hasta hoy en día, nos juntamos diariamente para compartir en las escrituras y recibir el Cuerpo y la Sangre de Jesús en la Eucaristía.

Celebramos el sacerdocio porque fue a los discípulos cual  Jesús les dio este poder sagrado. Hasta este día, a través de la ordenación de los sacerdotes ordenados son dados este poder sagrado para consagrar la eucaristía y perdonar pecados- todo en el nombre de Jesús. Que pensamiento tan humilde y que gran  responsabilidad. Es a través del regalo del sacerdocio que Jesús viene hacia a nosotros en la Eucaristía. Jesús ama a su gente a través de Su sacerdotes en el regalo de la Eucaristía.

Y esto es algo del cual no debemos presumir porque Jesús luego  enseña a sus discípulos que es en verdad un servidor. Jesús, siendo Dios, se humilla lavando los pies de sus discípulos. Y cuando termino les dijo,” Como yo ha hecho por ti, tú también as de hacer. Somos llamados a servir uno al otro. No debemos de imponer nuestro poder y autoridad ante los demás. No debemos de menospreciar  a los menos afortunados. No debemos de pisotear a otros por querer ser exitosos. Yen la Eucaristía,Jesús nos muestrala verdadera humildadal venir anosotros en formade pan y vino.

Tomemos tiempo para reflexionar hoy sobre la Ultima Cena.  ¿Soy agradecido por el regalo de Jesús en la Santa Eucaristía? Él nos prometió nunca dejarnos solos e incluso permanece en  nuestros propios cuerpos en la Eucaristía.  ¿Aprecioal sacerdocioy cómo Jesúsme amaa través de lossacerdotes y de lossacramentos?  ¿Espero ser servido o busco servir?

Que tengas un Jueves  Santo bendecido!

Padre Burke

Posted by: frburke23 | April 15, 2014

Thought for Wednesday of Holy Week

Matthew 26:14-25 One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, (My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.”

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It is easy to say that we would never betray Jesus like Judas. “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” The name Judas has become synonymous with betrayal. And yet we betray Jesus so often in our daily lives. We profess to be a close follower of Him and yet our actions speak differently.

Peter, another one of the chosen Twelve, denied Christ three times. And yet Peter’s name is not synonymous with denial. We also deny Jesus repeatedly. We are afraid to speak about our faith with friends or co-workers. We are afraid to pray before a meal at a crowded restaurant. We make choices that are directly against Jesus’ teachings.

And yet there is a major difference between Judas and Peter. Judas despaired and hung himself. Peter wept bitterly for his sin, but reconciled with Jesus. He did not despair for he had hope in the mercy of Jesus.

My friends, we have a choice when we sin. The evil one wants us to feel hopeless, despairing, that we are unworthy of God’s love and mercy – like Judas. Jesus calls us to repentance and forgiveness – like Peter. He awaits us with open arms. Despite Peter’s sin, Jesus built His Church upon Peter. This gives us all hope.

Do you feel worthy of God’s love and mercy?

Have you been to confession lately to experience His forgiveness?

 

Lord Jesus, help me to turn to you. I have sinned in my thoughts, words and actions, sometimes very seriously. And yet, you died on the cross for my sins. Your mercy and love swallow up my sins, no matter how big, if I but turn to you and ask for forgiveness. Replace my pride with humility. Replace my shame with forgiveness. Call me back to you…

God bless,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation

Mateo 26:14-25

Uno de los doce, quien se llamaba Judas Iscariote, fue a los sumos sacerdotes, y dijo: “¿Qué están dispuestos a darme si se los entrego?” Ellos le pagaron con treinta monedas de plata, y desde ese momento busco una oportunidad para entregarlo.

En el primer día de la Fiesta de los Panes sin Levadura, los discípulos se acercaron a Jesús y le dijeron: “¿Dónde quieres que preparemos para que comas la Pascua?” Él dijo: “Vayan a la ciudad a cierto hombre, y díganle: ‘El Maestro dice: (Mi tiempo se acerca; en tu casa voy a celebrar la Pascua con mis discípulos)”. Luego los discípulos hicieron como Jesús les había ordenado, y prepararon la Pascua.

Al atardecer, el se reclino en la mesa con los Doce. Y mientras comían, dijo, “En verdad les digo, uno de ustedes me va a traicionar.” Profundamente angustiado por esto, ellos comenzaron a preguntarle uno tras otro, ¿”Ciertamente no soy yo, Señor?” Él les contestó: “El que mete la mano en el plato conmigo es el que me va a traicionar. El Hijo del Hombre se va, según está escrito de él, pero ay de aquel hombre por quien el Hijo del hombre es traicionado. Sería mejor para ese hombre no haber nacido”. Entonces Judas, su traidor, contestó: ¿”Ciertamente no soy yo, Maestro?” Él respondió: “Tú lo has dicho.”

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Es fácil decir que nunca traicionaríamos a Jesús como Judas. ¿”Ciertamente no soy yo, Maestro?” El nombre de Judas se ha convertido en sinónimo de traición. Y sin embargo, traicionamos a Jesús muy a menudo en nuestra vida diaria. Nosotros profesamos ser un seguidor cercano de él, y sin embargo nuestras acciones hablan diferente.

Pedro, otro de los doce elegidos, negó a Cristo tres veces. Y sin embargo, el nombre de Pedro no es sinónimo de traición. Nosotros también negamos a Jesús repetidamente. Tenemos miedo de hablar de nuestra fe con amigos o compañeros de trabajo. Tenemos miedo de orar antes de una comida en un restaurante lleno de gente. Tomamos decisiones que son directamente contra las enseñanzas de Jesús.

Y sin embargo, hay una gran diferencia entre Judas y Pedro. Judas se desesperó y se ahorcó. Pedro lloró amargamente por su pecado, pero se reconcilio con Jesús. Él no se desesperó, porque tenía esperanza en la misericordia de Jesús.

Mis amigos, tenemos una opción cuando pecamos. El maligno quiere que nos siéntanos desesperanzados, desesperados, que no somos dignos del amor y la misericordia de Dios – como Judas. Jesús nos llama al arrepentimiento y el perdón – como Pedro. Él nos espera con los brazos abiertos. A pesar del pecado de Pedro, Jesús edificó su Iglesia sobre Pedro. Esto nos da esperanza a todos.

¿Te sientes digno del amor y la misericordia de Dios? ¿He estado en la confesión últimamente para experimentar Su perdón?

Señor Jesús, ayúdame a volver a ti. He pecado en mis pensamientos, palabras y acciones, a veces muy en serio. Y sin embargo, tú moriste en la cruz por mis pecados. Tu misericordia y amor destruirá mis pecados, no importa cuán grande, pero si me dirijo a ti y pido perdón. Reemplaza mi orgullo con humildad. Reemplaza mi vergüenza con el perdón. Llámame hacia a ti…

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke

Posted by: frburke23 | April 14, 2014

Thought for Tuesday of Holy Week

John 13:21-33, 36-38

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or to give something to the poor. So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night. When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”

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As we move forward in this Holy Week we see Jesus moving toward the crucifixion. He gathered the twelve Apostles for the Last Supper. He knew what was coming because Jesus told them to celebrate the Eucharist “in memory of me”. He knew one of the twelve would betray Him and another would deny Him. But Jesus came to do the will of the Father – to die for us and to rise again so that we could follow Him into heaven one day.

We see the two reactions of Judas and Peter. Judas betrayed Christ and then despaired. He hung himself out of desperation for what he had done.

Peter denied Christ three times. Imagine the shame and guilt Peter felt after denying the Lord. But Peter didn’t despair. When Jesus gave Peter the opportunity for reconciliation, Peter readily accepted and reunited with Jesus. Not only was Peter forgiven, but he was given the keys to run this new Church.

 

We too betray and deny Christ with our thoughts words and actions. The evil one wants us to isolate ourselves and despair. He wants us to feel that we cannot be forgiven. However, Jesus reaches out to us in love, offering us reconciliation and a chance to start over. Some of the greatest saints were great sinners (St. Peter, St. Augustine, the woman caught in adultery).

Take time this week to reflect:

1)     Where do I need conversion of heart?

2)    Is there a sin that plagues me, that causes me great shame and guilt?

3)    Do I believe in the infinite mercy of God in my life?

Seek Jesus today to reconcile. He awaits us with open arms. He loves us and desires eternal life for us. Don’t allow the evil one to make you feel unforgiveable and unlovable. You are loved more than you can imagine.

Peace,

Fr. Burke

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Posted by: frburke23 | April 10, 2014

Thought for Friday, 5th Week of Lent

John 10:31-42

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods?’” If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’ If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him.

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Once again we hear about how some of the Jews just didn’t understand who Jesus was. He simply was speaking from His own identity as the Son of God. He performed many mighty works in the name of the Father to show them His identity. He was not arrogant or conceited, but in humility Jesus was relating to them the truths of the universe. And yet their hearts were closed to the truth. And they were going to do everything they could to kill Truth itself. The Jews believed in one God and they thought it was impossible for God to walk this earth among them.

It does seem to be impossible, but with God all things are possible. “You have eyes but you do not see. You have ears but you do not hear.” Our hearts are often closed to see the power of the Holy Spirit working among us.

Do I put limits on the power of God?

Do I trust that God can do ANYTHING?

Lord Jesus, help me to recognize you today in every circumstance of my life. Open my heart to your truth. Open my eyes to see you more clearly. Help me to know your deep love and mercy. Help me to trust in you, even when there seems to be no solution. I know you are with me always.

Have a blessed day! Fr. Burke

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Here is the Spanish translation:

JUAN 10:31-42

Los Judíos recogieron piedras para apedrear a Jesús. Jesús les respondió: “Yo les he mostrado muchas obras buenas de mi Padre. ¿Por cuál de estas están ustedes tratando de apedrearme? ” Los Judíos le respondieron: “No te apedreamos por una obra buena, sino por blasfemia. Tú, un hombre, te estás haciendo Dios. ” Jesús les respondió: “¿No está escrito en su ley: Yo les digo: ‘ustedes son dioses?’” Si se les llama dioses a quienes la palabra de Dios vino, y la Escritura no se puede dejar de lado, ¿pueden decir que el único a quien el Padre consagro y envió al mundo, blasfema porque he dicho: “Yo soy el Hijo de Dios?’ Si no realizo las obras de mi Padre, no me crean; pero si las realizo, incluso si ustedes no me creen, crean las obras, para que puedan darse cuenta y comprendan que el Padre está en mí y yo en el Padre”. Luego intentaron de nuevo detenerlo; pero él se escapó de su poder.

Se regresó al otro lado del Jordán al lugar donde Juan bautizó primero, y allí permaneció. Muchos vinieron a él y le dijeron: “Juan no hizo ninguna señal, pero todo lo que Juan dijo de éste hombre, era verdad. ” Y muchos allí comenzaron a creer en él.

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Una vez más escuchamos sobre cómo algunos de los Judíos simplemente no entendían quién era Jesús. Él simplemente estaba hablando desde su propia identidad como el Hijo de Dios. Él realizó muchos milagros en el nombre del Padre, para mostrarles Su identidad. Él no era arrogante o engreído, pero en humildad Jesús les estaba relatando las verdades del universo. Y sin embargo, sus corazones estaban cerrados a la verdad. Y ellos iban a hacer todo lo posible para matar la Verdad misma. Los Judíos creían en un solo Dios y ellos pensaban que era imposible que Dios caminara esta tierra entre ellos.

Parece que es imposible, pero con Dios todas las cosas son posibles. “Tienes ojos pero no ves. Tienes oídos pero no oyes.” Nuestros corazones a menudo están cerrados para ver el poder del Espíritu Santo obrando entre nosotros.

¿Pongo límites en el poder de Dios? ¿Confío en que Dios puede hacer CUALQUIER COSA?

Señor Jesús, ayúdame a reconocerte hoy en cada circunstancia de mi vida. Abre mi corazón a tu verdad. Abre mis ojos para verte más claramente. Ayúdame a reconocer tu profundo amor y misericordia. Ayúdame a confiar en ti, aún cuando parece no haber una solución. Sé que estás siempre conmigo.

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke

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Posted by: frburke23 | April 9, 2014

Thought for Thursday, 5th Week of Lent

John 8:51-59 Jesus said to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” So the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

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What a promise Jesus makes to us today:  “whoever keeps my word will never see death”.  The religious leaders couldn’t bear to hear these words because all of their great ancestors died, like Abraham, and Jesus was claiming that He was better than their father in faith.  They didn’t understand that Jesus was talking about the resurrection – that those who keep His word would be raised from the dead and live forever in heaven.

I just finished a parish mission based on the book Made for More by Curtis Martin. In the book, he says that Jesus was not crucified because of His message. He was crucified because He claimed equality with God. Jesus says, “…before Abraham came to be, I AM.” I AM was the sacred name for God. It was the name that God identified Himself to Moses in the burning bush. So when Jesus says, “I AM” He is in essence saying that He was God. That is why they picked up stones to kill Him, but Jesus escaped because it wasn’t His hour yet.

Therefore, Jesus is not just calling us to accept His message of love and mercy. He is asking us to accept Him as our savior, as the Son of God. Jesus’ mission was to fulfill the mission of the Father as He says, “I keep his word.” Jesus has an intimate relationship with the Father and calls us to do the same. We are called to unite ourselves to the Father in prayer and seek His will above all else.

Once again, that promise that Jesus makes us is extraordinary, “whoever keeps my word will never see death”.  Our bodies will die one day, but if we stay faithful to Jesus’ word we will live forever. In other words, when we make Jesus the Lord of our lives, He gives us a new perspective. Death is not the end. I should not focus my life on amassing material wealth because I can’t take it with me to heaven. I should focus my life on building up treasure in heaven, by loving God and my neighbor, by feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, clothing the naked, etc.

Am I building up treasure in heaven or on earth?

Do I truly accept Jesus as the Lord of my life?

Does His promise give me hope and focus?

God bless!

fr. Burke

http://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Juan 8:51-59

Jesús dijo a los Judíos: “En verdad, en verdad les digo, el que guarda mi palabra nunca verá la muerte”. Así que los judíos le dijeron: “Ahora estamos seguros de que estás poseído. Abraham murió, como lo hicieron los profetas, sin embargo dices: ” El que guarda mi palabra nunca probara la muerte. ‘ Acaso eres más que nuestro padre Abraham, el cual murió? O los profetas, que murieron? ¿Quién pretendes ser tú?” Jesús respondió: ” Si yo me glorifico a mí mismo, mi gloria no vale nada; pero es mi Padre el que me glorifica, de quien ustedes dicen: “Él es nuestro Dios.” Ustedes no lo conocen, pero yo lo conozco. Y si yo dijera que no lo conozco, Seria como ustedes, un mentiroso. Pero yo lo conozco y guardo su palabra. Abraham su padre se gozó por ver mi día; lo vio y se alegró”. Así que los Judíos le dijeron: “¿Aún no tienes cincuenta años y has visto a Abraham?” Jesús respondió: “En verdad, en verdad les digo, antes de que Abraham existiera, Yo Soy”. Así que tomaron piedras para arrojárselas; pero Jesús se escondió y salió del área del templo.

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Qué promesa Jesús nos hace hoy: el que guarda mi palabra nunca verá la muerte”. Los líderes religiosos no podían soportar oír estas palabras, porque todos sus grandes antepasados ​​murieron, como Abraham, y Jesús estaba alegando que él era mejor que su padre en la fe. Ellos no entendían que Jesús estaba hablando de la resurrección – que aquellos que guardan Su palabra serán levantados de entre los muertos y vivirán para siempre en el cielo.

Acabo de terminar una misión parroquial basada en el libro Made for More por Curtis Martin. En el libro, el dice que Jesús no fue crucificado a causa de Su mensaje. Él fue crucificado porque Él afirmó ser igual a Dios. Jesús dice: “… antes que Abraham fuese, YO SOY.” YO SOY era el nombre sagrado de Dios. Era el nombre que Dios se identificó a sí mismo a Moisés en la zarza ardiente. Así que cuando Jesús dice: “YO SOY” Él es, en esencia, diciendo que Él era Dios. Es por eso que ellos recogieron piedras para matarlo, pero Jesús se escapó porque aún no era su hora.

Por lo tanto, Jesús no sólo nos llama a aceptar su mensaje de amor y misericordia. Él nos está pidiendo que lo aceptemos como nuestro salvador, como el Hijo de Dios. La misión de Jesús era de cumplir la misión del Padre como Él dice: “Yo guardo su palabra.” Jesús tiene una relación íntima con el Padre, y nos llama a hacer lo mismo. Estamos llamados a unirnos al Padre en oración y buscar su voluntad por encima de todo.

Una vez más, esa promesa que Jesús nos hace es extraordinaria, “el que guarda mi palabra nunca verá la muerte”. Nuestros cuerpos morirán un día, pero si nos mantenemos fieles a la palabra de Jesús viviremos para siempre. En otras palabras, cuando hacemos a Jesús el Señor de nuestras vidas, Él nos da una nueva perspectiva. La muerte no es el final. No debería enfocar mi vida en la acumulación de riqueza material, porque no puedo llevarla conmigo al cielo. Debo enfocar mi vida en edificar tesoros en el cielo, amando a Dios y a mí prójimo, alimentando a los hambrientos, visitando a los enfermos, vestir al desnudo, etc.

¿Estoy construyendo tesoros en el cielo o en la tierra? ¿Realmente acepto a Jesús como el Señor de mi vida? ¿Su promesa me da esperanza y enfoque?

¡Dios los bendiga!

Fr. Burke

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Posted by: frburke23 | April 8, 2014

Thought for Wednesday, 5th Week in Ordinary Time

John 8:31-42

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains. So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free. I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.” They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham. But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this. You are doing the works of your father!” So they said to him, “We were not born of fornication. We have one Father, God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.”

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In the first reading today, we hear the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They refused to worship a golden statue and were thrown into the fire. But God protected them because they remained faithful. They stayed true to God.

And in the Gospel, Jesus tells us, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. But often we put other things or people in the place of Jesus. We worship false gods like power, pleasure, wealth and honor. But these things do not make us free. It is only when we are obedient to Jesus, the Truth, that we find true freedom.

Have I placed anything or anyone before God in my life?

Am I a slave to sin?

Or do I find freedom in obedience to Jesus?

God bless,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

JUAN 8:31-42

Jesús dijo a los Judíos que creyeron en él, “Si permanecen en mi palabra, serán verdaderamente mis discípulos, y conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los librara”. Ellos le respondieron: “Somos descendientes de Abraham y nunca hemos sido esclavos de nadie. ¿Cómo puedes decir: “Serán libres”? Jesús les respondió: “En verdad les digo, todo aquel que comete pecado, es esclavo del pecado. Un esclavo no permanece en le casa para siempre, pero el hijo permanece siempre. Así que si el Hijo los libera, entonces serán verdaderamente libres. Yo sé que ustedes son descendientes de Abraham. Pero están tratando de matarme, porque mi palabra no tiene espacio entre ustedes. Les digo lo que he visto en la presencia del Padre; luego hagan lo que han escuchado del Padre.”

Ellos respondieron y le dijeron: “Nuestro padre es Abraham.” Jesús les dijo: “Si ustedes fueran hijos de Abraham, estarían haciendo las obras de Abraham. Pero ahora están tratando de matarme, un hombre que les a dicho la verdad que oí de Dios; Abraham no hizo esto. ¡Están haciendo las obras de su padre!” Entonces le dijeron: “Nosotros no hemos nacido de fornicación. Tenemos un Padre, Dios.” Jesús les dijo: “Si Dios fuera su Padre, ustedes me amarían, porque yo vine de Dios y estoy aquí; No he venido por mi cuenta, sino que él me envió.”

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En la primera lectura de hoy, escuchamos la historia de Sadrac, Mesac y Abednego. Ellos se negaron a adorar una estatua dorada, y fueron arrojados al fuego. Pero Dios los protegió porque ellos permanecieron fieles. Permanecieron fieles a Dios.

Y en el Evangelio, Jesús nos dice: “Si permanecen en mi palabra, serán verdaderamente mis discípulos, y conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los librara.” Jesús es el Camino, la Verdad y la Vida. Pero a menudo ponemos otras cosas o personas en el lugar de Jesús. Adoramos dioses falsos como el poder, placer, riqueza y honor. Pero estas cosas no nos hacen libres. Es sólo cuando somos obedientes a Jesús, la Verdad, que encontramos la verdadera libertad.

¿He puesto algo o alguien antes que a Dios en mi vida? ¿Soy un esclavo del pecado? ¿O encuentro libertad en la obediencia a Jesús?

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke

 

Posted by: frburke23 | April 7, 2014

Thought for Tuesday, 5th Week of Lent

Numbers 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom. But with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people seraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.” Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

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When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt to bring them into the Holy Land, their journey was not quite what they expected.  It was full of challenges – no food, no water, extreme heat, etc.  So they began to complain. God had just delivered them from slavery in Egypt, but they forgot quickly His mighty deeds for them. So the Lord sent serpents to punish their lack of faith.  Moses begged God to relent and was told to make a seraph and mount it on a pole.  All who looked at the seraph that was raised on the pole would live.

Our lives are much like the journey of the Israelites from Egypt.  The Lord calls us out of slavery, our slavery to sin.  Our destiny is the Holy Land, eternal life in heaven.  However, the journey is not an easy one.  There are challenges, temptations, and sufferings.  We have a choice.  We can complain to God or we can continue to keep our eyes focused on Christ on the cross, the One who suffered and died for our sins.  When we look with faith upon Jesus, who was raised high on the cross for our sins, we find life and strength to continue our journey toward the goal, no matter how difficult the journey is right now.

Suffering is part of the Christian life.  Jesus promised us that much – “to follow me you have to pick up your cross daily…”  May we not complain but unite our sufferings with Jesus on the cross and continue our journey toward eternal life in heaven. It is easy to focus on our own trials, which can lead to despair and depression. It is more difficult to keep our eyes focused on the new life that always comes after the cross.

And just as the Lord provided manna in the desert, He provides for all of our needs. He never abandons us.

Do I remember the good things God has done for me throughout my life?

Do I blame God when things don’t go my way?

Or do I keep my eyes focused on the cross, trusting that God will never abandon me?

Have a blessed day! Fr. Burke

http://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Números 21:4-9

Desde el monte Hor los hijos de Israel partieron al camino del Mar Rojo, para pasar la tierra de Edom. Pero con la paciencia agotada por el viaje, el pueblo se quejó contra Dios y Moisés: “¿Por qué nos hicieron salir de Egipto para morir en este desierto, donde no hay comida ni agua? ¡Estamos disgustados con esta comida miserable! “

En castigo el SEÑOR envió entre el pueblo serpientes abrasadoras, que mordieron al pueblo para que muchos de ellos murieran. Luego el pueblo vino a Moisés y dijeron: “Hemos pecado quejándonos contra el SEÑOR y contra ti. Ruega al SEÑOR para que nos quite las serpientes.”    Así que Moisés oró por el pueblo, y el SEÑOR dijo a Moisés: “Haz una serpiente abrasadora y móntala en un poste, y el que la mire después de ser mordido vivirá”. Por lo tanto, Moisés hizo una serpiente de bronce y la montó en un poste, y cada vez que alguien que había sido mordido por una serpiente miraba a la serpiente de bronce, vivía.

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Cuando Dios sacó a los israelitas de Egipto para traerlos a la Tierra Santa, su viaje no era lo que esperaban. Estaba lleno de retos – no comida, no agua, calor extremo, etc. Así que empezaron a quejarse. Dios acababa de liberarlos de la esclavitud en Egipto, pero ellos rápidamente se olvidaron de Sus hechos poderosos hacia ellos. Así que el Señor envió serpientes para castigar su falta de fe. Moisés rogó a Dios que se apiadara y se le dijo que hiciera una serpiente y la montara en un poste. Todos los que vieran la serpiente que fue alzada en el poste, vivirían.

Nuestras vidas son muy parecidas al viaje de los israelitas de Egipto. El Señor nos llama a salir de la esclavitud, nuestra esclavitud al pecado. Nuestro destino es la Tierra Santa, vida eterna en el cielo. Sin embargo, el viaje no es fácil. Hay desafíos, tentaciones y sufrimientos. Tenemos una opción. Podemos quejarnos de Dios o podemos seguir manteniendo nuestros ojos enfocados en Cristo en la cruz, el que sufrió y murió por nuestros pecados. Cuando vemos con fe a Jesús, quien fue elevado en lo alto en la cruz por nuestros pecados, encontramos vida y fuerza para continuar nuestro viaje hacia la meta, no importa lo difícil que el viaje es en estos momentos.

El sufrimiento es parte de la vida cristiana. Jesús nos prometió – “para seguirme tienes que levantar tu cruz cada día…” No nos quejemos, pero unamos nuestros sufrimientos con Jesús en la cruz y continuemos nuestro viaje hacia la vida eterna en el cielo. Es fácil enfocarnos en nuestras propias pruebas, lo que puede llevar a la desesperación y depresión. Es más difícil mantener nuestros ojos enfocados en la nueva vida que siempre viene después de la cruz.

Y así como el Señor proveo el maná en el desierto, Él provee para todas nuestras necesidades. Él nunca nos abandona.

¿Me acuerdo de las cosas buenas que Dios ha hecho por mí a lo largo de mi vida? ¿Culpo a Dios cuando las cosas no salen a mi manera? ¿O mantengo mis ojos enfocados en la cruz, confiando en que Dios nunca me abandonará?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke

http://frburke23.wordpress.com

Posted by: frburke23 | April 3, 2014

Thought for Friday, 4th Week of Lent

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret. Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

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I found this reading very interesting. On one hand, Jesus was aware that the Jews were trying to kill Him, so he traveled in secret. Yet Jesus was not able to remain hidden for very long. Soon we find Him “speaking openly”. The Jews tried to arrest Jesus for claiming to be the Son of God, but His hour had not yet come. Jesus tried to explain to them that He was doing the will of the Father, the One that sent Him, but the Jews did not want to listen.

The Jews believed firmly that God was ONE. Any claim to be the Son of God would be very hard to accept for a faithful Jew. And yet Jesus, little by little, began to reveal His identity through word and action. I find it very interesting that Jesus’ whole mission was about doing the will of the Father. And we too are called to do the same. In fact, if you want an abundant life, if you want to live a life of grace, if you want to find fulfillment, search for the Father’s will and follow it.

Jesus called the apostles, “Come, follow me.” He invited them into an intimate experience – they had three years to live with Him, eat with Him, listen to Him, and witness His miracles. In the same way, Jesus invites us into an intimate relationship. He wants us to be holy as His Father is holy. And we grow in likeness to Jesus, the Father reveals His will for us.

Sometimes the Father calls us to do things that we never thought possible, like me becoming a priest. But every single one of us is called. We have a vocation. We are called to be holy, to be saints, to transform the world one person at a time.

Have I taken the necessary time to know Jesus intimately?

Do you have an abundant life of grace, peace and joy?

How is the Lord calling you to be holy and to change the world?

Have a blessed day! Fr. Burke

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Here is the Spanish translation:

JUAN 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Jesús recorría Galilea; él no deseaba viajar en Judea, porque los Judíos estaban tratando de matarlo. Pero la fiesta judía de los Tabernáculos estaba cerca.

Pero cuando sus hermanos subieron a la fiesta, él también subió, no abiertamente, sino como en secreto.

Algunos de los habitantes de Jerusalén, dijeron: “¿No es él al que ellos están tratando de matar? Y miren, él está hablando abiertamente y no le dicen nada. ¿Podrían las autoridades darse cuenta de que él es el Cristo? Pero sabemos de dónde es. Cuando el Cristo venga, nadie sabrá de dónde es”. Entonces Jesús exclamó en el templo mientras él estaba enseñando, y dijo: “Ustedes me conocen y saben de dónde soy. Sin embargo, yo no he venido por mi cuenta, pero el que me envió, a quien ustedes no conocen, es verdadero. Yo lo conozco, porque soy de él, y él me envió. ” Así que trataron de arrestarlo, pero nadie puso una mano sobre él; porque su hora no había llegado todavía.

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Encontré esta lectura muy interesante. Por un lado, Jesús estaba consciente de que los Judíos estaban tratando de matarlo, así que viajó en secreto. Sin embargo, Jesús no fue capaz de permanecer oculto por mucho tiempo. Pronto lo encontramos “hablar abiertamente”. Los Judíos trataron de arrestar a Jesús por decir que era el Hijo de Dios, pero su hora aún no había llegado. Jesús trató de explicarles que Él estaba haciendo la voluntad del Padre, el que lo envió, pero los Judíos no querían escuchar.

Los Judíos creían firmemente que Dios era UNO. Cualquier pretensión de ser el Hijo de Dios sería muy difícil de aceptar para un Judío fiel. Y sin embargo, Jesús, poco a poco, empezó a revelar su identidad a través de la palabra y la acción. Me parece muy interesante que toda la misión de Jesús era de hacer la voluntad del Padre. Y nosotros también estamos llamados a hacer lo mismo. De hecho, si quieres una vida abundante, si quieres vivir una vida de gracia, si quieres encontrar la plenitud, busca la voluntad del Padre y síguela.

Jesús llamó a los apóstoles: “Ven, sígueme”. Él los invitó a una experiencia íntima – tenían tres años para vivir con él, comer con él, escucharlo, y ser testigos de sus milagros. De la misma manera, Jesús nos invita a una relación íntima. Él quiere que seamos santos como Su Padre es santo. Y nosotros crecemos en semejanza a Jesús, el Padre revela Su voluntad para nosotros.

A veces, el Padre nos llama a hacer cosas que nunca pensamos posibles, como yo de convertirme en sacerdote. Pero cada uno de nosotros está llamado. Tenemos una vocación. Estamos llamados a ser sagrados, a ser santos, para transformar el mundo una persona a la vez.

¿He tomado el tiempo necesario para conocer a Jesús íntimamente? ¿Tienes una vida abundante de gracia, paz y alegría? ¿Cómo te está llamando el Señor a ser santo y para cambiar el mundo?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke

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Posted by: frburke23 | April 2, 2014

Thought for Thursday, 4th Week of Lent

John 5:31-47

Jesus said to the Jews:
“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept human testimony,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you,
because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the Scriptures,
because you think you have eternal life through them;
even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.

“I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me;
yet if another comes in his own name,
you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
the one who will accuse you is Moses,
in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses,
you would have believed me,
because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings,
how will you believe my words?”
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Jesus is frustrated with the people at this point in the Gospel of John.  They do not understand that He truly is the Son of God, who has come in the name of the Father.  They are more likely to listen to other human beings than to listen to Jesus.   Jesus then says, “How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?”

Do I seek the praise of others or the praise of the only God?  This is a trap of the evil one – to seek the praise of others instead of God.  We can become people pleasers because we desire so much the love and praise of others.  However, what is the cost?  Sometimes we don’t speak God’s truth because we are afraid to hurt someone’s feelings.  Sometimes we do things that we know we shouldn’t do so that the group will like us.

Have I ever lied in order to be liked?

Have I ever done something immoral only because there was peer pressure?

In today’s first reading from Exodus, the people who await Moses to come down the mountain create the golden calf to worship.  I wonder how many people participated in worshiping the golden calf only because the others were doing it.  Some of them probably got caught up in the excitement and before they knew it, they were sinning terribly.  In their desire to please others, they committed a terrible sin of idol worship.

We do this at times also.  Instead of just seeking the praise of God and doing what we know is right, we sell ourselves short by following the crowd. 

When you are in a group that is gossiping or talking bad about someone else, do you stand up for the person who is not there, or do you remain silent? 

When no one is looking, do you cheat, lie or steal, thinking “no one will ever know”? 

Or do you realize that our heavenly Father sees and knows everything? 

Do you only seek to please God alone?

Jesus says that following Him will not be easy.  There will be some heavy crosses.  But the cross always leads to the resurrection.  John Paul II said that we should preach the “truth with love”.  Some people were offended by his teaching, but he knew he could not change the Truth.  And now he is going to be a saint in a few weeks.  He sought to please God alone; and at the same time loved his neighbor by sharing with them the Truth, who is Jesus Christ Himself.

Who am I trying to please?  God or others?

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke 

Posted by: frburke23 | April 1, 2014

Thought for Wednesday, 4th Week of Lent

John 5:17-30

Jesus answered the Jews:
“My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.”
For this reason they tried all the more to kill him,
because he not only broke the sabbath
but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.

Jesus answered and said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own,
but only what he sees the Father doing;
for what he does, the Son will do also.
For the Father loves the Son
and shows him everything that he himself does,
and he will show him greater works than these,
so that you may be amazed.
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life,
so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.
Nor does the Father judge anyone,
but he has given all judgment to the Son,
so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.
Whoever does not honor the Son
does not honor the Father who sent him.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word
and believes in the one who sent me
has eternal life and will not come to condemnation,
but has passed from death to life.
Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in himself,
so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself.
And he gave him power to exercise judgment,
because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this,
because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs
will hear his voice and will come out,
those who have done good deeds
to the resurrection of life,
but those who have done wicked deeds
to the resurrection of condemnation.

“I cannot do anything on my own;
I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just,
because I do not seek my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.”
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One day as a newly ordained priest about eleven years ago I walked into church for a weekday morning Mass and there was a huge man standing in front of the altar preaching to the people who were already there for Mass.  He was saying that he was Jesus Christ and that they should repent from their sins.  The people were frightened and looked to me for help.  They didn’t prepare me for this in the seminary!

I went into the sacristy and prayed because this man could kill me with one punch.  As I prayed the man sat down in the pew to get ready for Mass.  He shouted a few things during Mass, but otherwise was very calm, thanks be to God.  After Mass our parish nurse calmly took care of the situation.  She had met him before and knew the home to call.  The man had escaped from a psychiatric hospital. 

Many people thought Jesus was crazy when they heard Him speak like He does in today’s Gospel reading.   Jesus is basically saying that He is God.  He and the Father are one.  He says that the Father has given Him authority to pass judgment on all for eternal life – to heaven or to hell.

But since we know the rest of the story, we know that Jesus is speaking the truth.  He is the Son of God.  He and the Father ARE one.  As people who believe in the Holy Trinity, we believe in one God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  I know this is difficult to explain, but it is the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

But what does this mean for you and me?  The Trinity shows us how much God really loves us.  The Father was willing to send His only Son into the world to die for you and me.  And Jesus, the only-begotten Son of God, rose to new life so that we might have life.  Jesus is the perfect image of God the Father to our world.  He showed us amazing love.  And God will never leave us alone.  The Father and the Son sent us the Holy Spirit, Who is now with us forever.  The very presence of God, the same God who created the universe, the same Jesus who walked this earth, lives in each of our hearts as baptized Christians.   Wow!

Our hope lies in the fact that through our baptism, we become adopted sons and daughters of God the Father.  We become sisters and brothers of Jesus.  And we become temples of the Holy Spirit.  And our inheritance is the same as Jesus’ inheritance – eternal life in heaven for those who believe in Jesus and “for those who have done good deeds.”  Salvation comes through faith which is poured out in love and good works.

Do I appreciate the fact that I am a beloved son/daughter of God the Father?

Do I have a deep relationship with Jesus, Who is my adopted brother?

Do I treat my body with the respect it deserves as a temple of the Holy Spirit?

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke

http://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Juan 5:17-30

Jesús respondió a los Judíos:
“Mi Padre está en el trabajo hasta ahora, así que estoy en el trabajo.”
Por esta razón ellos trataron aún más para matarlo,
porque no sólo rompió el sábado,
sino que también llamaba a Dios su propio Padre, haciéndose igual a Dios.

Jesús respondió y les dijo:
“En verdad les digo, el Hijo no puede hacer nada por su cuenta,
sino solo lo que ve hacer al Padre;
lo que él hace, el Hijo también lo hará.
Porque el Padre ama al Hijo,
y le muestra todo lo que él mismo hace,
y le mostrará obras mayores que éstas,
de modo que estén asombrados.
Porque así como el Padre resucita a los muertos y da la vida,
así también el Hijo da vida a quien quiere.
Porque el Padre no juzga a nadie,
pero él ha dado todo el juicio al Hijo,
para que todos honren al Hijo como honran al Padre.
El que no honra al Hijo
no honra al Padre que lo envió.
En verdad les digo, el que oye mi palabra,
y cree en el que me envió
tiene vida eterna y no vendrá a condenación,
pero ha pasado de la muerte a la vida.
En verdad les digo, la hora viene y está aquí
cuando los muertos oirán la voz del Hijo de Dios,
y los que oigan vivirán.
Porque así como el Padre tiene vida en sí mismo,
así también dio al Hijo el poder de la vida en sí mismo.
Y le dio el poder de ejercer un juicio,
porque él es el Hijo del Hombre.
No se asombren por esto,
porque la hora viene en la que todos los que están en los sepulcros
escucharan su voz y saldrán,
aquellos que hicieron buenas acciones
para la resurrección de vida,
pero aquellos que hicieron malas acciones,
para la resurrección de condenación.

“Yo no puedo hacer nada por mi cuenta;
Yo juzgo según lo que oigo, y mi juicio es justo,
porque yo no busco mi propia voluntad,
sino la voluntad del que me envió”.

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Un día, como nuevo sacerdote recién ordenado hace unos once años, entré a la iglesia para una misa entre semana por la mañana y había un hombre enorme de pie delante del altar predicando a las personas que ya estaban allí para la misa. Él estaba diciendo que él era Jesús Cristo y que debían arrepentirse de sus pecados. La gente estaba asustada y me miraron en busca de ayuda. ¡Ellos no me prepararon para esto en el seminario!

Entré en la sacristía y recé porque este hombre podía matarme con un solo golpe. Mientras oraba el hombre se sentó en el banco para prepararse para la misa. Gritó algunas cosas durante la misa, pero por lo demás estaba muy tranquilo, gracias a Dios. Después de la misa nuestra enfermera de la parroquia con calma se hizo cargo de la situación. Ella lo había visto antes y conocía la casa para llamar. El hombre se había escapado de un hospital psiquiátrico.

Muchas personas pensaban que Jesús estaba loco cuando lo escucharon hablar así como él lo hace en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy. Jesús básicamente está diciendo que Él es Dios. Él y el Padre son uno. Él dice que el Padre le ha dado autoridad para juzgar a todos por la vida eterna- al cielo o al infierno.

Pero ya que sabemos el resto de la historia, sabemos que Jesús está diciendo la verdad. Él es el Hijo de Dios. Él y el Padre SON uno. Como las personas que creen en la Santísima Trinidad, creemos en un solo Dios en tres personas – Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo. Sé que esto es difícil de explicar, pero es el misterio de la Santísima Trinidad.

Pero ¿qué significa esto para ti y para mí? La Trinidad nos muestra lo mucho que Dios nos ama realmente. El Padre estaba dispuesto a enviar asu único Hijo al mundo para morir por ti y por mí. Y Jesús, el unigénito Hijo de Dios, se levantó a una nueva vida para que nosotros tengamos vida. Jesús es la imagen perfecta de Dios Padre para nuestro mundo. Él nos mostró el amor increíble. Y Dios nunca nos dejará solos. El Padre y el Hijo nos enviaron el Espíritu Santo, que ahora está con nosotros para siempre. La misma presencia de Dios, el mismo Dios que creó el universo, el mismo Jesús que caminó en esta tierra, vive en cada uno de nuestros corazones como cristianos bautizados. ¡Wow!

Nuestra esperanza radica en el hecho de que a través de nuestro bautismo, nos convertimos en hijos e hijas adoptados de Dios Padre. Nos convertimos en hermanos y hermanas de Jesús. Y nos convertimos en templos del Espíritu Santo. Y nuestra herencia es la misma que la herencia de Jesús - la vida eterna en el cielo para aquellos que creen en Jesús y “para aquellos que han hecho buenas acciones.” La salvación viene a través de la fe que es derramada en amor y buenas obras.

¿Aprecio el hecho de que soy un hijo / hija amado de Dios el Padre?
¿Tengo una relación profunda con Jesús, Quién es mi hermano adoptivo?
¿Trato mi cuerpo con el respeto que se merece como un templo del Espíritu Santo?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke

http://frburke23.wordpress.com

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